\ ˈī(-ə)l How to pronounce aisle (audio) \

Definition of aisle

1a(1) : a passage (as in a theater or railroad passenger car) separating sections of seats
(2) : such a passage regarded as separating opposing parties in a legislature supported by members on both sides of the aisle
b : a passage (as in a store or warehouse) for inside traffic
2 : the side of a church nave separated by piers from the nave proper
walk down the aisle or less commonly go down the aisle
: to get married Prenuptial agreements have long been used by couples who want to set down the terms of any future divorce before they walk down the aisle.— Desa Philadelpha

Examples of aisle in a Sentence

The bride walked down the aisle to the altar. By the end of the concert, the people in the theater were dancing in the aisles.
Recent Examples on the Web Phillips equated playing over another soloist to shouting across the aisle in government. oregonlive, "‘Racism is as American as apple pie.’ Portland saxophonist Mike Phillips discusses importance of his national anthem performance at this weekend’s NASCAR race," 26 June 2020 Despite her disappointment in Wednesday's procedural vote, McSally vowed to continue working with both sides of the aisle to find a solution. Cleo Krejci, The Arizona Republic, "At odds over police reform bill, Sinema and McSally say more bipartisan cooperation needed," 25 June 2020 But some on the right side of the aisle have also raised stimulus ideas of their own. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "Stimulus round 2: Trump floats more checks and Senator proposes ‘vacation voucher’," 23 June 2020 John Bolton, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, has created a buzz in Washington with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle responding to new revelations reported Wednesday from his upcoming memoir. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "'Author, but he’s no patriot': Lawmakers react to Bolton's new book on Trump," 18 June 2020 Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in recent weeks have urged the immigration agency to administer the oath remotely or waive it altogether. Miriam Jordan,, "Pandemic delays US citizenship for thousands," 17 June 2020 Senators on both sides of the aisle questioned why Compton never mentioned the layoffs during a May 12 meeting with the chamber’s Transportation Committee – or again during Secretary Yassmin Gramian’s confirmation two weeks later. Christen Smith, Washington Examiner, "Teamsters promise legal action after state lays off turnpike workers without warning," 17 June 2020 On the other side of the aisle, lawmakers including Republican Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz have invoked facial recognition as part of legislation meant to pressure foreign adversaries like China. Brian Fung, CNN, "Tech companies push for nationwide facial recognition law. Now comes the hard part," 13 June 2020 Kessler acknowledges that people on both sides of the aisle often objected to the Post's fact checking. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Washington Post fact checker talks about Trump and the truth," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of aisle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for aisle

Middle English ile, alteration of ele, from Anglo-French, literally, wing, from Latin ala; akin to Old English eaxl shoulder, Latin axis axletree — more at axis

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The first known use of aisle was in the 15th century

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1 Jul 2020

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“Aisle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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\ ˈīl How to pronounce aisle (audio) \

Kids Definition of aisle

1 : a passage between sections of seats (as in a church or theater)
2 : a passage between shelves (as in a supermarket)

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